Captain's Log
V04/21 Sydney to Newcastle
25 May 2021

Day 2 – First Climbs, To Sea, Some Wind…and Hello Green Goblin!

Ahoy shipmates…Day 2. As promised, a busy one. After a restful night at anchor in Athol Bay, the sailmaster had us up at 0630 for a pre-sunrise early morning activity. After breakfast we all gathered around the bridge for our first morning brief, hearing from the sailmaster, navigator, medic, resident nautical terminology expert ‘salty’ and myself. A climb to the top of the foremast was next on the agenda and pleasingly everyone made it off the deck, if some not all the way to the top. Plenty of time to tick that challenge off! After lunch the youth crew were introduced to the delights of ‘happy hour’ (cleaning stations) then the training began in earnest with sail handling drills. At 1430 we weighed anchor and headed to sea, and as I write we are about 16 nautical miles to the east of Cronulla headed for Jervis Bay in 25 knots of breeze and moderate seas…ETA tomorrow morning. After a visit from the dreaded ‘green goblin’ (seasickness) I’m certain our youth crew will be keen for the calmer waters of the bay…and some dry land! That’s about it from me…have to go anyway…time to tack the ship! I’ll leave you with a youth crew perspective of the day’s events from Alfie and Anais. Until tomorrow, fair winds, Captain Kenny———-
Ahoy there landlubbers! Today was our second day on young endeavour. After a fairly good first sleep we got stuck in to a few lectures about sailing and ran through some drills for setting and furling the sails. It was Alexa’s birthday today so we all wished her happy birthday before everyone had a go at climbing the foremast. We were anchored in Sydney harbour so had great views of the harbour bridge and opera house from the top of the mast. Keely cooked us an amazing BBQ rib lunch which we all enjoyed before setting off at around 2:00pm out into the big open ocean. We set the main staysail, the jib, the forestaysail and the main sail. It was a great team effort getting everything set and underway. We then performed some practice tacks which required the whole crew’s collective effort and it was our first attempt of working as one team. It went surprisingly well! Sea sickness soon struck during an epic sunset and all but two were left untouched by the ocean’s cruel hand. Keely’s lovely dinner went down a treat! We are now preparing for our first night of watches and sailing on the big blue sea.

Alfie and Anais


34 03s / 151 33e


Wind: NNE at 25 knots Weather: Fine Sea: Moderate Course: 160 Speed: 7 knots